On Sunday I was going through BabyGirl’s closet to thin out all the clothes she doesn’t wear or are too small. In doing so we made two piles. Those clothes that will be given away to our favorite charity – Global Family Philanthropy – and those that I need to go through again and determine what to really do with them.
And so with pile of things to go through again I was thinking of the various alternatives that are out there. Do I take them to the consignment or resale shop? They’re good brands. Most have only been worn once or twice. Do I just give them away? Will people think I’m pawning off my junk? Again, we’re talking nice brands like Oilily and April Cornell and Betsey Johnson and Mini Boden and Catimini. Definitely not crap. Maybe I put them on eBay?
Yes, eBay! I could potentially get money to once again buy more clothes for BabyGirl. Her closet is almost bare what with the now 55 hangers that have nothing on them. And I shop on eBay so maybe others will buy my stuff too.
And with my uploaded images of all these clothes and shoes I’ve started listing them on eBay. NWT. EUC. NWoT. All the acronyms and details of what I’m selling. In hopes that someone wants my trash. Because I know I’ll be buying another mom’s trash in a little while. With that click to make the listing live I take a deep breath and hope they sell. I want someone to like these clothes too and buy them so I can then buy stuff too.
Within minutes I had my first bids. Yay! Someone wants what I’m selling at my virtual garage sale. Another mom wants my trash! It’s a lot of work, I won’t lie. Taking pictures, filling in the listing, up loading, describing, including all kinds of details so that my junk will get top dollar.
Is it worth it? Maybe? Does it take time? Yes, yes it does. But here’s the thing. It’s great to share and give things away. I’m all for supporting other moms and charities by passing good clothing and shoes along. When I’ve spent as much money on these things as I’ve got tied up in them I want to try and recoup some of my ‘investment’. It’s the frugalista in me. I need to find a way to keep rolling the money from infant outfit all the way to prom dress.
Many of us frugal gals still want to dress nicely and buy nice things for our kids. Places like eBay and Craigslist and ThredUp are all great way for us to not only find good deals but also sell our ‘trash’.
Do you pass your kids’ clothing on to friends, family or charity? Or do you try and sell them? Do you believe that One Moms Trash is Another Moms Treasure?